Articles - Andrew Noakes - Motoring Writer

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V8s for Four

Classic Cars, April 2021

Rover P5B, Mercedes-Benz W116 S-class, Bentley S2, BMW E39 540i and Daimler 2.5-litre V8 driven, plus BMW's Joji Nagashima on designing the E39.

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Five Thrilling Convertibles

Classic Cars, July 2020

Exploring the appeal of TVR Griffith, Austin Healey 3000 MkIII, BMW Z4M, Sunbeam Tiger and Lamborghini Jalpa, plus Lotus engineer Tony Shute on how to make a car fun to drive.

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Weekend Warriors

Classic Cars, January 2020

Mercedes-Benz R107 300SL, Porsche 964, Mazda MX5, Honda NSX, Bristol 411 and Volvo Amazon driven, plus Porsche test driver Dieter Röscheisen on building fast, strong cars.

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Alfas to buy now

Classic Cars, August 2019

Alfa Giulietta Spider, 105 GTV and Spider, 2600 Spider and 156 GTA driven, plus Frank Stephenson on Alfa design.

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Top Cabrios

Classic Cars, June 2019

Six of the best cabrios for summer 2019, plus trenchant drop-top criticism from ex-BMW design boss Chris Bangle.


Bentleys to buy now

Classic Cars, February 2019

The six best-value Bentleys of 2019, described and driven. Plus the sporting history, and an exclusive interview with designer Dirk van Braeckel about the essence of Bentley style.

Classic Cars magazine November 2018


Classic Cars, November 2018

Five epic saloons driven back to back: Jaguar 3.8 Mk2, Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3, BMW E28 M5, Vauxhall Lotus Carlton and Audi S8. Plus an interview with rally champion Rauno Aaltonen.

Classic Cars Jaguar XJ

Jaguar XJ at 50

Classic Cars, January 2018

All three generations driven, plus insight into the development and history of the car and interviews with development engineer Norman Dewis and racer John Fitzpatrick.

Classic Cars V12s

V12 Bargains

Classic Cars, June 2017

V12 Jaguar XJS, Ferrari 400i, Mercedes SL600, Aston Martin DB7 Vantage and BMW 850i driven.

Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin DBS at 50

Classic Cars, January 2017

DBS, DBS V8, V8 saloon, Volante, Vantage, and very rare Zagato and Lagonda in an epic seven-car shoot. Plus an exclusive interview with Rick Lester, the stuntman who drove the Aston for Roger Moore in The Persuaders! .

Classic Cars Jensen Interceptor

Jensen Interceptor at 50

Classic Cars, January 2016

All the major Interceptor variants driven back to back, possibly for the first time ever: MkI, MkII, MkIII, FF, Convertible, and two different Coupés.

Classic Cars V8s

Game Changers 1955

Classic Cars, April 2015

Stars of 1955: Jaguar Mk1, MGA, Alfa Giulietta, Citroën DS, Chevrolet Corvette V8 driven.

Classic Cars V8s

V8 Thrust for £15k

Classic Cars, November 2015

TVR V8S, MG RV8, Jaguar XKR, Mercedes SL500, BMW 840Ci and Corvette L-98 driven.

Classic Cars 2015 Hot30

2015 Hot 30

Classic Cars, November 2014

Five classic car experts tip the cars that will increase in value in 2015 plus the five best – Alfa Romeo Duetto, Lancia Aurelia, Jaguar E-type S2, Porsche 993 and Lamborghini Countach – driven together.

Classic Cars Austin Healeys

All the Healeys

Classic Cars, December 2012

Austin-Healey 100, 100/6, 3000 and rare 100S driven.

Classic Cars Citroen DS

DS Desire

Classic Cars, March 2011

The story of the iconic Citroen DS, plus driving impressions and buying tips.

Classic Cars MGB GT6

MGB v Triumph GT6

Classic Cars, November 2010

Two £5k classic rivals driven.

Classic and Sports Car Fiat Dino Mercedes SL

Mercedes SL v Fiat Dino

Classic and Sports Car, August 2006

German efficiency or Italian style? Two six-cylinder ’60s roadsters head to head.

Fast Car 1994

Wide Awake Escort

Fast Car, October 1994

Modified wide-arch Escort revealed.

Road and track tests

Equipped2015-i3I've driven everything from Smart cars to supercars, Minis to 7.5-tonne trucks, cars that are 80 years old and cars so new they don't yet officially exist. I've driven road cars, racing cars and 4x4s on roads, tracks and off-road trails - and written about it all and magazines and websites in the UK and beyond.

I was also motoring editor of Equipped, a magazine for UK armed forces veterans, for five years and developed its motoring section from just a couple of pages to include tests, topical motoring features and motoring news coverage.

CAR magazine - one of my clientsClients past and present

  • Major consumer car magazines such as CAR Magazine (and its affiliates in Mexico, Russia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey) and Auto Express
  • Motor industry journals Professional Motorsport World, European Automotive Design and Automotive Design Asia
  • Classic car magazines including Classic & Sports Car, Classic Cars, Classics Monthly and Classic Car Weekly
  • Customer magazines such as BMW Magazine and V Magazine (Vauxhall)
  • Enthusiast magazines including Fast Car, Redline, Vantage, Total Evolution, Total Impreza and Total Nissan
  • Motoring websites such as CartechnicalEdmunds Inside LineCAR Online and
  • plus a variety of other publications including national and regional newspapers, lifestyle magazines and more

If you're looking for a writer to produce features, columns, road tests, interviews, books or any other sort of automotive content, I'd love to hear from you.

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